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Titus 3:12-15

Titus 3;12-15

After 6 months of study, this week we are coming to our final sermon in the Book of Titus. We have learned a lot of things in this wonderful book. It has been a tremendous study and richly rewarding. Just to mention a few of the lessons we have learned: We have learned that the church is to be led by elders. Titus 1:5 says, "For this reason I left you in Crete, that you wo...

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Titus 3:8-11

Titus 3;8-11

In his Commentary on the Book of Titus, John Calvin writes that: Every person who, by his overweening pride, breaks up the unity of the church, is pronounced by Paul to be a "heretic." . . . In a word, heresy . . . and the unity of the Church are things totally opposite to each other. Since the unity of the Church is dear to God, it ought to be held by us in the highes...

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Titus 3:3-5

Titus 3;3-5

A Sunday School teacher once asked her class if they knew the difference between kindness and lovingkindness. One little girl said she knew the difference. She said that kindness is when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you, but lovingkindness is when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you with butter and jam on it. It is when she ...

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Titus 3:1-4

Titus 3;1-4

Throughout the ages, Christians have always had problems with the government. In the early years, they were persecuted by the Roman Empire. In the Middle Ages, they were persecuted by the false church and they suffered injustices like the Spanish Inquisition. And, in our time, our views are largely marginalized and ignored as new laws are passed that support things like sa...

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Titus 2:11-12

Titus 2;11-12

In a 1989 edition of Tabletalk Magazine, R. C. Sproul wrote that: Perhaps the most difficult task for us to perform is to rely on God's grace and God's grace alone for our salvation. It is difficult for our pride to rest on grace. Grace is for other people for beggars. We don't want to live by a heavenly welfare system. We want to earn our own way and atone for our own...

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Titus 2:6-8

Titus 2;6-8

While the numbers differ, some studies indicate that 70 percent of young people who grow up in church leave the faith after graduating High School. According to one writer: Studies have shown that somewhere between 60 percent and 80 percent of previously engaged Christian youth become disengaged with their faith as they transition into college. Although we can be critic...

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Titus 2:3-5

Titus 2;3-5

A group of scholars in England was once discussing what made Christianity unique among the religions of the world. One said it was the Trinity. Another said it was the Deity of Christ. Still another said it was the Bible and all that it contains. After the discussion had gone on for some time and they had not come to a definite conclusion, C. S. Lewis spoke up and said, "T...

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Titus 2:1-2

Tit. 2;11-12

A man once had a dream in which he entered "Heaven's Grocery Store." As he walked into the large beautiful building, an angel handed him a basket and told him to browse the store in order to pick up whatever he wanted. He did so and, as he walked up and down the aisles, he noticed items labeled "PATIENCE" and "UNDERSTANDING" and "MERCY." He saw containers full of "LOVE" an...

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Titus 1:15-16

Tit. 1;15-16

Traditionally the Jews have always been a very meticulous and scrupulous people. They have always been very conscientious about their Law, especially as it relates to cleanliness. So, for example, the Old Testament said that you had to clean the dishes you ate from, but the Rabbis said that you had to clean wooden dishes more than glass dishes and temple dishes more than b...

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Titus 1:11-14

Titus 1;11-14

In a recent survey conducted by the Francis Schaeffer Institute, it was discovered that 75% of pastors said that they felt unqualified and ill-prepared for ministry. The survey also discovered that 71% said that they felt burnt out and 30% said that they had committed a sin that was so serious that they should not be in the ministry anymore. While those numbers are a littl...

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Titus 1:4-6

Titus 1;4-6

Several years ago, Forbes Magazine published a list of eight qualities that make a great leader. The list included: 1) Enthusiasm2) Integrity3) Great Communication Skills4) Loyalty5) Decisiveness6) Managerial Competence7) Empowerment8) Charisma The Bible has its own list of qualities that make a great leader and it is found in Titus 1. There Paul writes in verse 7, "For ...

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Titus 1:10-11

Titus 1;10-11

David Koresh was a cult leader from the 1990's who believed that he was the Messiah and had unlocked the seven seals of revelation. He also taught that the final battle of Armageddon was approaching and, as a result, his followers began to stockpile weapons in a military compound in Waco, Texas. This led to an investigation by the FBI and a 51 day stand-off that resulted i...

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Titus 1:8-9

Titus 1;8-9

The word "elder" in the Bible is the Greek presbyteros, which simply means "a leader of the church". There are other words that describe this office as well such as epskopos which means an "overseer" or "administrator" and poimen which could be translated "pastor" or "shepherd". However, they all refer to the same position. An elder is someone who leads the church in a she...

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Titus 1:8

Titus 1;8

Crete is an island just off the coast of Greece in the Mediterranean Sea. It is 156 miles long and 35 miles wide. In the First Century it had a reputation for being a dangerous place. One author said that there were three evil C's in the ancient world: Cilicia, Cappadocia, and Crete. Another author named Polybius said, "The Cretans, on account of their innate greed, live i...

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Titus 1

Titus 1

According to Smith's Bible Dictionary, an Apostle is someone who was personally sent out by Jesus to do the following things: 1) Work miracles2) Write Scripture3) Lay a foundation for the church The dictionary goes on to point out that every book of the New Testament was written by an Apostle or a close associate of one. Everything we need to know about the church has be...

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Titus 1:1-4

Titus 1;1-4

A plaque in a small country church once read: This is my church. It is composed of people just like me. It will be friendly if I am. It will do a great work if I do it. It will be generous and loving and loyal only if I am all of those things. Therefore, with God's help, I dedicate myself to the task of being all the things I want my church to be. Whoever said that g...

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Titus 1:1-2

Titus 1;1-3

Several years ago, an interesting caricature was printed in a Baptist journal. To get a laugh out of its readers, the journal said:You might be a Baptist if: 1) You think you will have to take a covered dish to heaven. 2) You feel guilty about throwing your bulletins away after the service.3) You think the Epistles are the wives of the Apostles. 4) When you were little, y...

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New Series on Titus

How to Plant a Church Series

It has been said that the number of churches that close each year is three times that of the number that open. According to a Radio Canada International study, some denominations in Canada have lost half of their adherents in the last 50 years and, in certain provinces like Quebec, 400 church buildings have been sold. This is not to sound depressed but merely to say that i...

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